Having eventually discovered La Maison de Rocbaron, after accidentally driving the wrong way down a one way street, we were warmly greeted by Guy and Jeanne. Their home has character and is charmingly furnished and decorated. Unfortunately our stay only covered one evening when they offered dinner, because that was a memorable experience with perfectly cooked courses (mainly fish), served with style by candle light in their garden, and accompanied with deliciously well chosen wines. After a long drive down through France, we thoroughly enjoyed a first day relaxing by their large and well designed pool area. The garden is very cleverly designed. Though actually not large, it gives every impression of being very secluded, quiet and wooded. The other guests provided interesting and cosmopolitan conversation from several very different national backgrounds at breakfast and during the evening meal.
For the other evenings, we accepted Guy's recommendations for nearby restaurants. We did not enjoy a very small local cafe restaurant, not because of the food, which was adequate, but because of the extremely brusque (English understatement) attitude of the two women who ran it - and in that we were joined by two other guests of a different nationality who went on the same night and were equally disappointed for the same reason. But other recommendations were quite acceptable, though they in no way matched the meal we had at La Maison itself.
We found it a very well situated location for contrasting tours. The coast, with its beaches and towns is within an hour. Our best day in this direction was a trip to the island of Port Cros. Other guests had good days in Marseilles and Avignon (for example). Driving north, we loved the small town of Cotignac, with its elegant main street and square and enticing galleries, and the spectacular drive along the Gorges du Verdon.
This property is run with great care, charm and professionalism. We would certainly stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old shepherd's house dating back to the 19th century. Ideally located to visit the Provence and French Riviera. Large and comfortable rooms.Air-conditioning. Free Wifi. Scenic pool, shaded garden, secure parking lot. Family dining "table d'hôtes". ... more less
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